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delay

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of delay

  1. an instance or period of being prevented from going about one's business <there was a delay for our boarding while the airplane unloaded incoming passengers> Synonyms detainment, detention, holdback, holding pattern, holdup, wait Related Words deferment, deferral, postponement; reprieve, respite; foot-dragging, hesitation, lag, pause, setback, slowdown Near Antonyms haste, rush; dispatch, promptitude, promptness




delay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of delay

  1. 1 to move or act slowly <she ordered the kids to stop delaying and to get to bed> Synonyms crawl, creep, dally, dawdle, diddle, dillydally, drag, lag, linger, loiter, lollygag (also lallygag), mope, poke, shilly-shally, tarry Related Words fiddle (around), fool around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; amble, ease, inch, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stagger, stroll; decelerate, slow (down or up); filibuster, procrastinate, stall, temporize Phrases drag one's feet (also drag one's heels), drop behind, fall behind, hang fire, mark time, take one's time Near Antonyms bowl, breeze, dart, hump, hurtle, hustle, scramble, stampede; gallop, jog, run, sprint, trot; accelerate, quicken, speed (up); catch up, fast-forward, outpace, outrun, outstrip, overtake Antonyms barrel, bolt, career, course, dash, fly, hasten, hotfoot (it), hurry, race, rip, rocket, run, rush, scoot, scud, scurry, speed, tear, whirl, whisk, whiz (or whizz), zip

  2. 2 to assign to a later time <our guests delayed their departure until after dinner> Synonyms defer, postpone, hold off (on), hold over, hold up, lay over, put off, put over, remit, shelveRelated Words suspend; hesitate, pause, stay; detain, retard, slow; extend, lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch (out); waitNear Antonyms act, deal (with), decide (upon), do, work (on)





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